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Wed, Mar. 4, 2009 - [Men's Basketball] - Viewed 1955 times - Post By Molly Brown
Brett Humpal - Player of the Year
Brett Humpal - Player of the Year

Des Moines, Iowa - The Midwest Collegiate Conference announced it men's basketball all-conference honors. Twenty-one athletes were recognized as part of the all-conference teams as voted by the coaches; ten to the First Team and eleven to the Honorable Mention Team.

Iowa Wesleyan College senior forward Brett Humpal (Decorah, Iowa) was voted as the MCC Player of the Year. Humpal averaged over 38 minutes per game and was among leaders in several categories in MCC play this season: scoring (2nd - 20.4 ppg), rebounding (3rd - 7.8 rpg), assists (2nd - 4.56 apg), steals (1st - 2.69), field goal percentage (10th - 50.7%), free throw percentage (10th - 73.7%), and assist to turnover ration (6th - 1.28). Humpal, a three-time First Team MCC selection and two-time Second Team All-American, was the MCC Player of the Week five times this season. The Tigers were second in the regular season and won the MCC Tournament for an automatic berth to the NAIA Division II National Championships.

"What a well-deserved honor for Brett. His accomplishments are a great example of what perseverance and determination can do, not only for an individual, but for a team. Brett has been the face of our program the past three years and embodies everything that is positive not only for Iowa Wesleyan College and the Midwest Collegiate Conference, but for NAIA athletics as a whole. This is a great honor bestowed upon him by the MCC coaches. It has been my distinct privilege to be his coach during his college career," said Iowa Wesleyan head coach Alan Magnani.

Grand View junior forward Corey Viet (Ackley, Iowa) was selected as the MCC Newcomer of the Year. Viet, a transfer from Kirkwood Community College, was among leaders in MCC play this season in scoring (3rd - 17.4 ppg), rebounding (4th - 7.5 rpg), free throw percentage (2nd - 84.7 ppg), field goal percentage (14th - 48.8%), assists (14th - 2.2 apg), and steals (14th - 1.20 spg).

Grand View head coach Denis Schaefer was selected by his peers as the MCC Coach of the Year. In his 11th year as head coach at Grand View, Schaefer led the Vikings to a 14-2 MCC record and the MCC regular season title. The Vikings appeared in the NAIA top 25 poll four times this season and are currently 25-8 and ranked No 17 in the nation.

"Denis Schaefer is a very deserving recipient the MCC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year. As competitive as men's basketball is in our conference, it is always a challenge to finish at the top of the league. Coach Schaefer and his staff have worked very hard with a talented group of young men and this award recognizes that fact," said Grand View Athletic Director Troy Plummer.

Midwest Collegiate Men's Basketball All-Conference
MCC Player of the Year: Brett Humpal - Iowa Wesleyan
MCC Newcomer of the Year: Corey Viet - Grand View
MCC Coach of the Year: Denis Schaefer - Grand View

First Team
Grant Burns (Monroe, Iowa) - Grand View
Corey Viet (Ackley, Iowa) - Grand View
Brett Humpal (Decorah, Iowa) - Iowa Wesleyan
Da'kari Shelby (O'Fallon, Ill.) - Iowa Wesleyan
Keith Kuenstling (Dunkerton, Iowa) - Mount Mercy
Mike Kennedy (Evergreen Park, Ill.) - St. Ambrose
Eric Ambrose (Twin Lakes, Wis.) - Viterbo
Scott Buschman (Naperville, Ill.) - Viterbo
Kris Miller (Belleville, Mich.) - William Penn
Alvin Robertson (San Antonio, Texas) - William Penn

Honorable Mention Team
Daniel Joiner (West Chicago, Ill.) - Ashford
Josh Pickens (Rockford, Ill.) - Ashford
Thomas Ammon (Redding, Calif.)- Clarke
DeShawn Pendleton (Louisville, Ky.) - Clarke
Rohan Greaves (Melbourne, Australia) - Grand View
Greg Schulz (Carroll, Iowa) - Grand View
Jason Garber (Emden, Ill.) - Iowa Wesleyan
Keenan Stanbridge (Quincy, Ill.) - Iowa Wesleyan
Alex Burkle (Crystal Lake, Ill.) - St. Ambrose
Chris Holloway (Inglewood, Wis.) - Waldorf
Alex Robinson (San Antonio, Texas) - William Penn